Bruso moves into third in California League’s ERA list |

Bruso moves into third in California League’s ERA list

Tribune staff report

Greg Bruso’s earned run average keeps shrinking, just like 401K retirement plans.

The South Tahoe High graduate threw one-hit ball over five shutout innings in the Giants’ 5-1 11-inning California League baseball defeat to Modesto on Thursday in San Jose. He struck out six and walked two before 1,729 spectators.

Bruso lowered his season ERA to 2.86, third best in the California League for starting pitchers with a minimum of 33 innings. During a four-game stretch where he has thrown 26 innings, Bruso has a 1.04 ERA and 13 hits allowed. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 20 to 3.

Wins continue to be elusive for Bruso (2-4) as the Giants continue to produce the league’s lowest team batting average (.239).

Bruso’s latest outing was shortened as San Francisco Giants reliever Jason Christiansen, who is continuing his rehabilitation from a spring 2002 injury, entered the game in the top of the sixth inning. He allowed one hit, two walks and a run in two-thirds of an inning. San Jose answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Modesto used four consecutive singles in the top of the 11th to earn the victory.